Gumboot Dance

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BootsaWe announced that on our anniversary, June 22, we’ll have Gumboot Dancers performing at 1:00pm.

Gumboot dancing originated in southern African gold mines where workers were chained together and not allowed to speak. They devised a means of communication by stomping their Wellington boots (which were called gumboots), slapping them, and rattling their chains. It also served as a form of entertainment when drumming was outlawed by the authorities; the workers expressed rhythm and music through the Gumboot Dance.

This video is a good demonstration of the Gumboot dance: Gumboot Dancers in South Africa

Stop by on Sunday and enjoy Gumboot dancing along with South African baked goods, drinks, and fun!

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